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CSBA Fears Lifting Cap On 'Exempt' Attorneys Will Open Floodgates

Posted 12/2/19

The city Law Department is seeking to lift the cap on the number of Assistant Corporation Counsels it can hire—but the head of the Civil Service Bar Association feared that the proposal could encroach upon the 1,000 non-competitive attorneys working at more than 40 municipal agencies and the Housing Authority.

The Department of Citywide Administrative Services held a Nov. 20 public hearing on the possibility of lifting the cap to allow the Law Department to hire an “unlimited” number of Assistant Corporation Counsels, who aren’t civil-service employees. Saul Fishman, president of the CSBA, argued against the idea at the hearing.

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